DES PLAINES, Illinois—The women’s leadership organization AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) is inviting senior women leaders in supply chain to participate in the organization’s Fifth Anniversary Symposium, “An AWESOME New Frontier – Imagine. Believe. Achieve.” The event is taking place on May 3-5, 2017, in Chicago.
Fifth Anniversary Partners Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s and NIKE will join with Founding Partner DSC Logistics and other sponsors to provide two days of interaction and discussions and a third day of continued networking with options for unique downtown Chicago experiences.
The annual Symposium’s signature features include panel discussions by senior supply chain leaders—both male and female, Up-Close Conversations with highly accomplished executives, and “Buzz” sessions during which participants exchange ideas and insights about topics they’ve just heard discussed.
In honour of the fifth anniversary, this Symposium will also feature a panel of women deans of leading business schools talking about how universities are encouraging gender equality and a panel of successful female architects discussing lessons they learned while navigating their profession.
A special program designed for “Emerging Leaders,” individuals with high potential who have not yet reached the senior leadership level and who have been recommended by members of the AWESOME network, will focus on strengthening their brands and advancing their careers.
“Members of our AWESOME network arewomen in supply chain who have outperformed expectations in a traditionally male profession and raised their expertise and influence to a new level,” said Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and CEO of DSC Logistics. “Through AWESOME, they are building connections with each other and focusing on ways to expand their positive impact on the industry, their companies, their peers, and the future generation of supply chain leaders.”
In addition to Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, NIKE, and DSC Logistics, companies who have already stepped up to be sponsors of the 2017 Symposium include Expeditors, Intel, Michael Best, Morton Salt, Schneider Electric, Staffmark, Ulta Beauty, Colliers International, Adecco, Clarkston Consulting, JDA, C.H. Robinson, Dannon, Dealer Tire, Hassett Express, Lean Logistics, Monsanto and Unilever.
On the evening of May 3, the first day of the Symposium, a presentation and dinner will be held to honor two top women in supply chain who are recipients of the 2017 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Another highlight of the Symposium will be a networking reception hosted by Deloitte on May 4.
Options for May 5 activities include a tour of 1871, the new Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart; a guided architectural walk with a special focus on the evolution of the skyscraper; and a behind-the-scenes look at the United Airlines Network Operations Center in downtown Chicago.
Symposium attendance is by invitation. Senior supply chain women who meet AWESOME network criteria and who are interested in attending will find details and contact information on awesomeleaders.org.